On behalf of the Pursuits Program at Georgian Bay Community School, I would like to thank you for your involvement with the Pursuits class of 2017. Through the generous financial support of the Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation, this year’s class was able to attend the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, ON and continue their annual Film Festival at the Meaford Hall. These two events provide experiential educational opportunities and fundraising possibilities to enrich the Pursuits Program and continue to make it sustainable for our local students.
Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough, ON December 17 & 18, 2017
Pursuits visited the museum and slept over within the exhibits and displays where they explored their curriculum through the unique lens of the canoe and its cultures with a First Nations emphasis. The Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation graciously donated $700 which offset our admission costs associated with this experience.
Specifically the students participated in two programs. The first was the Treaty Canoe – an introduction to the historical treaty process in Canada. Students carried out a simulated treaty negotiation based on the 1923 Williams Treaties, playing the roles of First Nations and government representatives. This program was a great exercise in critical thinking and negotiation. It inspired passionate engagement and brought about a real understanding of the frustrations, inequities and different cultural perspectives of the parties involved in the treaty process.
The second program which went late into the evening was Kayak Discovery – a stimulating hands-on initiative task. Students worked together to build an eight-foot skin-on- frame kayak, from a kit based on an Inuit watercraft in the Museum’s collection. Students learned about kayak-building as a community task in traditional Inuit cultures where different members play distinct and crucial roles. Working collaboratively in 4 small groups, the students problem- solved to discover the best building method for their group and project. This was a challenging program that promoted team-building and fostered an understanding of Inuit cultures and traditions. Pursuits Film Festival 2, Meaford Hall January 13, 2018
Once again the Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation was instrumental in not only the success of this evening but ensuring it was a reality. Without their $2276.95 financial contribution this event wouldn’t be possible. The Pursuits’ program will continue to provide various inquiry and experiential opportunities within its curricula that develop awareness and respect of Indigenous cultures. The Pursuits program feels privileged to be a recipient of this funding and will continue to offer unique programming opportunities to our students. This year’s festival again raised over $4000 which directly benefits the students of Georgian Bay Community School and the programs that this community school continues to be able to offer. We are indebted to all of our sponsors; the Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation, Mountain Life Magazine, The Kearns / Paara Group, the Corner Café & Grill and all of the community businesses and members who donated silent auction items. Pursuits wishes to specifically thank Joanne McKenzie (Director, Community Outreach, Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation), Susan Lake (Manager Arts & Cultural Services, Meaford Hall), Glen Harris, Ned Morgan & Nelson Phillips (Mountain Life) and Kathy Damsma (Principal, Georgian Bay Community School). Pursuits is proud of the quality and reach of this event and is excited to continue with this annual film festival. See the following link for the Mountain Life Magazine article. https://www.mountainlifemedia.ca/ 2017/12/pursuits-film-festival-returns/